When Does Money Make Us Feel Good?

In 1974, a University of Pennsylvania economist concluded that there was a happiness plateau. Yes, we feel increasingly good as our income grows. But not beyond $75,000. Called the Easterlin Paradox, even if your earnings continue upward, they don’t bring…

Why a New Year’s Resolution Needs a Staircase

Pondering how to keep our New Year’s resolutions, we can look at the staircase in a Seattle office building.

The Impact of a Price on Music and Wine

Because of the impact of a price, our opinion of the music from a Stradivarius violin or the taste of a fine wine could change.

How to Give a Better Gift

In somewhat unexpected ways, our opinion of a present can depend on whether the gift wrapping is sloppy or neat.

When a Dating App Is Like a Can Opener

A dating app can lead to face swiping fatigue. With a slew of pictures and bios to consider, users can find it harder to select the right person. Analysts have suggested that the endless supply makes the search go on…

Where LEGO is More Than a Toy

Instead of spending hours or even days constructing a multi-thousand piece set, many thousnads of people prefer investing in LEGOs.

When the Good Life Is About More Than Happiness

Although psychologists have expanded the definition of the good life, still, the same economic policies relate to sustaining it.

Diversity in the Recording Studio

Looking at recording industry diversity through the artists, the songwriters, and the producers, we would see an inadequate female presence.

Jaywalking and the Tradeoff Between Order and Openness

Looking at activities that range from jaywalking to loading dishwashers, we can see how tight and loose social norms can shape behavior.

Where to Find Gender Inequality

Through a 2020 UN report, we can locate the world’s gender inequality by looking at politics, education, economics, and physical integrity.